Headteacher's Weekly Bulletin

Friday 29th April 2016

Good Afternoon

Can someone please remind me what time of year it is?  I pose this rhetorical question as the wind, rain, hail and goodness knows what else of Biblical proportions currently pounding my office window might leave one a little perplexed.  I have every confidence, however, that we will be blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the Bank Holiday weekend ahead.

Let’s first cast our reflections back to last weekend and slightly more clement weather, and what an action-packed weekend it was for many at Wellington:

A huge thank you to Mr Gubbins, our Duke of Edinburgh intrepid leader, and his team of staff, for guiding over 60 Year 9 students on their Bronze D of E practice expedition and over-night stay at Dunham Massey.  Covering over 20 miles whilst honing their navigation skills, putting up tents, cooking on camping stoves and much more besides, no doubt proved character building and an invaluable learning experience for the students, and possibly for the staff too!.  The feedback suggests that the group will perform admirably on 21st and 22nd May for the assessed expedition.

They were somewhat more fortunate with the weather than this weekend’s Silver D of E group who were deposited somewhere near Oldham in the snow and ice this morning for their 3 day, 2 night expedition.  Good luck to them!

Someone else covering a great distance last weekend was Mr Fenwick, Deputy Headteacher, but in somewhat quicker time; he ran the London Marathon in a personal best of 2 hours 57 minutes.  Now that is serious running – an average of well under 7 minutes per mile. The man is a machine.  Well done, Sir!  However, this was merely a warm-up for his 60 and 105 mile outings in coming weeks.  Madness!

Personally, I managed 3 miles in just under 5 minutes last Saturday.  No, I wasn’t driving.  If you read last Friday’s bulletin, you will be aware IMG_76351.JPGthat I had (questionably) agreed to do a tandem skydive for this year’s charity the Teenage Cancer Trust.  I must admit there were a few butterflies as we climbed to 15,000 ft (3 miles) but once out of the plane … wow, what an experience; one of the best things I’ve ever done, I have to say.  The 120 mph freefall of 10,000 feet in just under a minute was incredible and the tranquillity, not to mention the views, as we descended the final 5,000 feet rather more sedately was truly memorable (more photos at the end of this bulletin).  To be able to have such an experience whilst adding an extra £2,000 plus to the sponsored walk pot for such a fabulous charity was an absolute privilege.  Unfortunately, my wife assures me we are not in a position financially for it to become my new hobby.

I was contacted this week by the father of Abi Coleman in Year 8.  You may recall that last year Abi starred for the Year 7 rugby team but the regulations dictate that girls cannot play for boys’ teams beyond Under 12 level.  Abi, who is still registered with her original club Sale, now trains with Altrincham Kersal ladies but there is no Abi 1.jpggirls’ under 13 team locally.  Abi, however, was talent-spotted by Old Crossleyans Rugby Club near Abi 2.jpgHalifax and now plays for their Under 13 girls’ team, winners of the Yorkshire Cup recently with Abi very much to the fore.  Girls’ / womens’ rugby has been the fastest growing womens’ sport in the UK for a number of years and we are, indeed, world champions.  Having coached and watched Abi play and with news of her continued development it seems we might have another sporting superstar on our hands.  Keep up the hard work, Abi, and very well done.

We’re a bit light on the ground this week with items from colleagues for the bulletin but it has coincided with the deadline for Newsletter items and the pace is really quickening in the race towards public examinations and all that they entail in preparation.  On that note, two new initiatives were launched this week, alongside key assemblies from the Heads of Maths, English and Science; the Vale Hall is now open at lunch time as a quiet study area for Year 11 and I am delighted with the first week’s attendance.  Secondly, I announced in assembly on Wednesday and also emailed parents of Year 11 students about GCSEPod  - a revision resource we have just subscribed to.  I asked that all our GCSE students register by the end of today to maximise the use of the resource and to supplement what they were doing or planning to do already by way of revision.  I was pleased that as of this morning around 50 % of Year 11s had registered and had started viewing the wealth of material available.  I suggest the rest of you, Year 11, sort yourselves out over the weekend or we will be hunting you down next week.  The ‘no stone unturned’ approach to preparing students for their exams evolves each year and the predictions reflect the hard work and persistence of all concerned.  Not long to go now.

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This report from Miss Carter; “Year 9 have been busy once more creating their animals with integrated CAM mechanisms. These are some DT 1.JPGexcellent specimens in their ‘natural’ habitat pictured here. Well done to Mollie Seal, Sam Pegg, Charlotte Gethins, Hannah Smith, Phoenix Beardall-Tang and Lillie Madison for bringing these wonderful animals to life!”

Mrs Ryan provides this report on  a recent opportunity for our GCSE Food Tech group; “On Monday 25th April the Year 11 GCSE class worked with visiting nutritionist, Clare Hedderman from catering company Chartwells.  Clare helped the pupils with revising the nutrition aspect of the GCSE writteMRN Nutritionist 1.JPGn examination which they will be sitting on 6th June.  Pupils took notes and participated in a question and answer session – in fact Clare was very impressed with the level of knowledge displayed by the group. Well done Year 11 – I hope you continue putting lots of effort into your revision.  Special thanks to Clare who gave up her time to visit the group and who made the nutrition work interesting and informative.”

English

“Class 8.1b have been developing their persuasive writing skills and have considered their opinions on the impact of game and television violence in society. Earlier on in the week, pupils demonstrated their writing skills by creating Powerpoint presentations on this topic, expressing their own opinions.

Following on from tATD Persuasive writign.JPGhis, today we had a class debate. Pupils were separated into groups (‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ respectively) and not only persuaded, but argued their perspectives as to whether they believed that violence in games and on TV has a negative impact.

It was a heated and topical debate to say the least, which pupils appeared to enjoy! Despite there being no clear ‘winning’ side, both sides argued their points effectively with relevant evidence to support.

It is significant to note however, that most pupils in the class enjoy playing games and believe that teenagers are responsible enough to play games, without subsequently, there being any negative impact.”

I think we would all acknowledge the importance of having young people reflect on the ‘big issues’ that affect them and encouraging them to take a view based on their reflections.  Thank you to Miss Tedford for her report and for providing the students with this learning opportunity.

Maths

This week’s little superstars in Maths as nominated by members of the department:  The first nomination goes to Emma Tanner (8SPR) in class 8.2b. Miss Cradick would like to say, ‘Emma has worked incredibly hard this term, both in lessons and on homework tasks. She has shown real dedication and determination in her revision for the end of term assessment and this has clearly paid off. Emma is enthusiastic in lessons and is always willing to contribute even on tasks she finds challenging.’ This week’s second nomination goes to James Colledge (7SRU) in class 7.3b. Mr Kennedy wished to say, ‘A polite and pleasant pupil who makes a fantastic effort in class and on all homework tasks. He has been rewarded with a very pleasing end of term 2 exam result.’ The third nomination comes again from Mr Kennedy, who nominated Angel Yu (10NHN) in class 10.4, ‘A gifted young mathematician who takes great pride in her work. Always cheerful and positive she is a pleasure to teach.’ The final nomination comes from Miss Latham, who nominated Ben Hayes (10NHN) in class 10.0 for ‘continued effort in class and homework and for taking part in the Maths Feast competition last month.’

Music

Our new Music teacher, Mr Edmonds, would like to announce the following : “On Thursday 5th May, I will be running a new Music Club - Wellington Guitar Band - in room 17 after school from 3:05pm – 4:05pm. This is an exciting new venture aimed at guitarists, bassists and drummers who want to develop their performance skills further.  If you are having guitar lessons in school with Mr Molnar and do not already attend a music club it is expected that you should be there at the first session.  Similarly, if you learn guitar, bass or drums outside of school and would like to get involved please come down to room 17 on the 5th of May to introduce yourself and say hello.”

Thank you, Mr Edmonds, and I’m sure you’ll have a good uptake.  Just in time for the Talent Show later this term.

Sports News

This report from Miss Richards; “Congratulations to all who were involved in the cheer competition and stunt performance. The crowd were wowed by your bold moves and I was superbly proud of you all. All 66 of you have worked so hard to get the routines correct and I thank you for your time and effort with this. The Year 7s came 2nd and the Year 8s came 3rd in Trafford. The stunt group were beyond amazing and a massive well done to Megan Monk 8NTN who choreographed the entire performance.” Do take look at the videos of the groups' performances at the end of this bulletin.

Over to Miss MacGlinchey and more great news about girls’ football; “The Year 9 girls football team took part in a Futsal competition on Wednesday. They lost 1 -0 to BTH; drew 1-1 with Flixton A; beat Flixton B 2-1; and beat Broadoak 5-0 to qualify for the County Finals next week.  The team: Ella Richards, Evie Chard, Alice Lamb, Hannah Smith, Jessica Richards, Bronte Ward, Megan Price and Mollie Seal.”

This from sports journo, Mrs Allen in MFL: “Joe Edwards 7VLE, Owen Harvey, 7SRU and Oliver Hancock 7SRU in Year 7  all play for the U12 A Timperley Lacrosse team, which won the U12 Plate against Cheadle in the English Lacrosse Flags Festival. The Flags festival is the climax of the northern senior and junior seasons. Their team won 9 goals to 8 after a nail-biting match that went into extra time and was won by Timperley scoring the golden goal. Dan Flisk in 9JDN also helps out at the U12 training sessions on Wednesday evenings.”

You wouldn’t know it from the weather but it is the summer season for sport (granted we have some big football clashes left to play) and perhaps it was the putting up of the tennis nets this morning that tempted fate and brought on the artic conditions.  Anyway, we look forward to tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics getting into full swing over the next few weeks and emulating the success of our winter sports this year. 

Anyway, I have a 10 year old daughter with glandular fever and consequently a housebound wife who appears to be suffering from cabin fever, so I must dash this afternoon to go and do my bit.  Enjoy the 3-day weekend (we all deserve it after all) and fingers crossed for a little sunshine and a significant rise in temperature.

S Beeley

Headteacher

 

 

 


Examination Results - August 2015

Congratulations to all the fabulous students and staff of Wellington School on another successful year of examination results.

It has been an emotion-filled morning as Year 11 students collected their GCSE results, with a record-equalling 76% achieving 5 A* - C including English and Maths (a figure set to increase over the coming weeks with closer analysis and requests for re-marks).

We are proud of each and every one of our Year 11 students and they should be proud of what they have achieved and how far they have come.  There are far too many personal success stories to quote here.  11 students this year got a full house of A* or A grades - a remarkable achievement.

These outstanding GCSE results follow last week's equally impressive A2 and AS Level results.  Our Year 13s once again did fantastically well with an increase in A* - E grades but particularly in the numbers achieving the highest A* - B grades.  Our Year 12 students exceeded their and our expectations, securing the School's best ever AS figures, which bodes well for A Levels in 2016!

Well done to everyone at home and in School who contributed to all these tremendous results, celebrate in style, enjoy the rest of the break and I'll see (most of) you in September.

S P Beeley

Headteacher

 


Welcome to Wellington School

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Thank you for taking the time to view our website.  I would like to begin by saying what an absolute honour it is to be the Headteacher of such an outstanding school.  I relish the challenge of maintaining the exceptional standards established over many years and, indeed, moving Wellington forward in the future.

Wellington School is an 11 – 18 Academy with Humanities Specialism. Our motto is ‘Excellence in Everything’ and that is our aim in everything we do. To achieve this, high standards are expected of all our students and staff. All of our work is anchored in the values of mutual respect, responsibility, discipline, care for the individual and high achievement.

We are proud of our school and the achievements of our students, and our success is reflected in our popularity. High levels of student attendance and above average academic achievement – compared to schools both locally and nationally – are a clear sign of the value students and parents place on the experience of being part of Wellington School community.

We hope you enjoy our website and find it both informative and useful.

Stuart Beeley, Headteacher

 

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